Desperate Girls

The Badi Girls

Between 7,000 and 12,000 young girls, aged 9-16, are trafficked each year from Nepal; mainly to India. According to Nepal Monitor/On line journal, 2007, there are more than 200,000 Nepali girls in Indian brothels.

The Dalits(untouchables) are the lowest level in Hindu society, and the Badi community, in Western Nepal, are the lowest of the low. As a displaced hungry people group the Badi community has made sexual subservience a way of life. Young girls from this group “serve” other groups. This has become a tradition and means of livelihood. Many girls, even when they are unwilling, are forced to serve as sex slaves. Family members knowingly sell their daughters to traffickers.

Though prostitution is illegal in Nepal, the industry reportedly has links with highly ranked officials and political leaders. Large groups of girls are taken across the border with many police and government officials being in collusion with traffickers and brothel owners.

Traffickers and related criminals are often protected by political parties, and if arrested, are freed using political power. As a result, there is an underlying distrust of police that has led people not to file cases against traffickers.

Domestic action involves activities of NGO’s and other volunteer groups. These groups are playing a major role to address girl-trafficking and sex slaves issues. Some NGO’s are playing a very important role to improve the situation. From creating social awareness to rescuing and rehabilitation, they are providing services (and relief) to those that need it the most – the likely victims as well as the rescued ones. The Lighthouse foundation is one of these.

*See Chandra Kala’s story on this blog site.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Back in action

After the tragedy of earthquakes and the frustrations of border blockades TtN team visits have resumed. It is a wonderful privilege to be back in Nepal with the people that we love so much.
Pastor Raju has extended a warm welcome and is looking after us extremely well, thank you Raju.

It is dry season and that means dust, and more dust. Dust on top of dust. It hangs in the air making noses dry, throats itchy and clothes dirty. The surrounding mountains are very close but we are unable to see them most days.

Life in Nepal is returning slowly to its 'normal' state, traffic though hectic is well down which makes getting around much quicker. Distances to locations suddenly seem miniscule.

Vendors take up residence in different positions, new buildings continue to sprout making navigating tricky as landmarks are no longer in plain site. Even though trade is hard with tourist numbers well down the people are again vibrant and happy for the most part. You do sense that their fear of further tremors is not far below their surface confidence.

Reacquainting ourselves with friends from past team visits has been enjoyable. Wandering through the streets even some of the beggar folk have greeted us with "Welcome back, long time no see..." perhaps they say that to all the tourists? Although some of them we have had plenty of interaction with.

We have team members here to train and others assisting in various aspects. For Gloria and I, our main role is to update all of the sponsorships for our valued partners. 
Interviews to glean information and current photos of these precious lives shows significant growth both physically and in confidence. The level of english is impressive for kids with limited opportunity to practice. Some of the girls have even read their letter from their sponsor back to us perfectly!

A massive thank you to all of the Nepali team members assisting, the school admin and staff, bus and car drivers, translators, your help is invaluable. 

Until next blog.

All school principals should pose for their photos like Lalimar!

 Traditional dress. 

Weighing the produce to determine its price.

Fresh fruit and veges to the door each afternoon.

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